Use this tailor's trick whenever you need to cut a straight line through a woven fabric such as cotton or linen. Tease several threads loose at the point where you'll make the initial cut. Then gently pull out the threads to create a trail of perfectly aligned holes in the fabric, which can then guide your shears.

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Martha Stewart Member
April 17, 2008
Many years ago our 5th grade home ec teacher showed us this helpful trick . Every sewer should learn this early, as I did.